Today's Big Stories

What could be alternatives to Visa regulations?

South Africa's onerous new visa regulations have had a negative impact on the tourism industry, ending an extended period of buoyant growth that had generated jobs and spurred the sluggish economy, according to observations from the tourism industry.

Following Minister Hanekom's conversation this morning with John Robbie, the home affairs ministry is standing by these regulations.

Says Minister Gigaba:

We have a duty to protect children - it's important to indicate that the protection of children cannot be put on par as making a profit and chasing tourism numbers. We need to prevent South Africa as being viewed by international traffickers as a possible destination.

Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Home Affairs

Listen to Minister Gigaba's interview below:

David Frost, CEO of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), speaks to Stephen about this from Tourim industry perspective. Saying that he hopes sanity will prevail (and the laws done away with). He says that the Tourism industry was not consulted and a task team was not convened, as promised by Minister Gigaba.

Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom spoke to John Robbie this morning about the impact of the Visa regulations, introduced on the 1st June 2015, on the Tourism industry.

Minister Hanekom admitted that the introduction of the new Visa regulations have had a negative impact on the Tourism industry - with a dip in travel figures of up to 39% in the China market.

Minister Hanekom confirmed that there will be a review of the new Visa regulations and an inquiry into looking for an alternative way of dealing with child trafficking.

Says Hanekom:

I know the Department of Home Affairs is doing it with good intent however, we need to find a better way of doing it. The impact is not only on tourism but on investment into the country as well.

Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism

Listen to the full conversation below:

In case you don't know the details of the Visa regulations yet, have a look at an infographic of the Visa regulations.

Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

Why family traditions matter

Why family traditions matter

Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.

Popular articles
So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Getting to know MP, Dr Makhosi Khoza

Getting to know MP, Dr Makhosi Khoza

Dr Khoza is admired by South Africans for her role in the SABC inquiry as a ANC member of parliament.

10 sexting tips on how to keep things spicy (and safe)

10 sexting tips on how to keep things spicy (and safe)

Interested in sexting but worried about the risks? Dr Eve has created a guideline to help you 'sext' in a fun and responsible way.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?